Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm Right!

I thought I was going to write a post about being uniquely special. I read all the time different quotes. ' be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate copy of someone else'. So I'm pumped up to tell you I'm different, but not as special as I first thought.

I'm left handed. I'm one of the 10 percent in the population that can always say "I'm in my right mind". If you recall dissecting a brain in biology class, we learned the left side of the brain controls the right hand, thus the right side of the brain controls the left.

For the longest time I've been telling people that I'm ambidextrous, because "I thought" that I was adept to using both my left & right hand equally. Just like many things in my life, I can do a lot of different things well ... but while growing up I have been confused. There is a difference between doing things equally well verses having skill and dominance.

There have been hundreds of studies of children to adults and their dominant hand usage. Most left-handed people develop 'mixed handedness' simply by living in a world where most objects are suited for right-handed people. Studies say that heredity is not involved in handedness. However, adopted children often take on the traits of their biologically parents dismissing the fact that although adoptive parents teach their young children handedness, there are varying factors in all scientific studies.

My mom is left handed and my dad is right handed. I think that is why I was a confused child. I inherited the writing and drawing skills from my mom, but my dad taught me how to play all sports. But when I was young I was often frustrated because I felt that neither hand was 'right'... I mean correct. Or, I could do things with both hands, at the same time. I'm finding that the term I should have been using was that I am 'mixed-handedness', I am able to do different tasks better with different hands.

Unfortunately, being confused most of my life I'm one of the statistics of a left hand dominant person. Studies show that we are more likely to have mental health, language & academic problems. Leonard da Vinci is one of the most famous 'mixed handed' people. He would draw with his right hand and write with his left. I write and draw with my left hand, but find that I paint better with my right hand. I used to be able to write with both hands, going forward with my left hand and going backwards with my right. Remember, I and other left handed people have often had to adapt to a right handed world.... every day items like scissors, knives, school desks, notebooks, and power tools were originally designed for 90% of the population.

Although I know I'm special, I finally discovered the correct term for my confusion. I am proud to announce that I am 'mixed handed'.... not a unique as ambidextrous... I never tire of ironing, or sweeping, shoveling or raking, painting or scrubbing.... I can do those things equally well with both sides!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Around the Heart

Happy summer time!
Plugging along playing in my creative space during the hot, hot days of summer.
It's not about ideas
it's about making ideas happen! ~ pinterest

In yesterday's blog post I wrote about my COTM (card of the month club).  I actually send out 5 sets each month.  One lucky lady requested her cards/tags center around hearts♥/love♥/happy♥... so I accepted the challenge and try to create something amore`.
close your eyes
clear your heart
let it go ~ pinterest

As I've said before, inspiration can come from anywhere... magazine advertisements, flyers in the mail, blog sites like Splitcoaststampers and even Pinterest.  The ideas are endless.  I can look through hundreds of posts and then the right one just pops out at me!  Let the creative process begin!!! Actually, there are no doodles here at all.  Using SU! stamps.... a real stamped card!
I love pretty things and clever words ~ pinterest

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Up, UP and Away

 I am re-creating a card from a Zindorf tutorial that I showed you for Father's day. 

I thought this would be a perfect 'celebration' card heading into America's birthday month and the summer olympics.  Not quite traditional Americana Red/White/ & Blue ... but making it a bit old with an antique feel.  I found the balloon stamp in the $1 bin at M's.  Love when I find cute stuff for a buck!

I made these cards for my friends who participate or were given the treat of a Card of the Month club.  A challenge to create them ALL the same, yet I couldn't mass produce them... there are mistakes (shhhhh!!!) I didn't mind creating four of the same because each one was fun, unique and beautiful. 

Along with the card that reflects that months holiday or season, I also include two matching gift tags.  These are always fun because the layout is uniquely mine from the left overs of the card making session.  Perfect to tie on a little hostess gift, toss around a bottle of Lemonade or just to tuck in a little snail mail thinking of you note!

We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky

For we can fly we can fly

Up, up and away

My beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under a twilight canopy - The 5th Dimension

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Birds of a Feather

 flock together....
those of similar taste congregate in groups.  These cute chicks are flocking their nest to wish someone a fantabulous (fantastic and fabulous all mixed in one) day!!  I believe by Penny Black, she designs birds with great character and funny expressions.... flowers, a note and a balloon ... just for you!

I re-learned the technique (via Pinterest) of using a straight boarder punch to correctly measure and create a frame by appropriately sizing the paper according to the punch depth and quantity of images.  Martha Stewart has entire sets like this, that include the corner punch, but this is the 'poor' crafters way to use a boarder punch in a differently than it's original purpose.
Googly eyes... I just love to say that.  Look at these two love birds.  Shake them up a bit and they'd be looking a different way all together!!!  Working on shading. (As per usual... someday... I'll take a class how to really draw and shade and create proportion, it's been too long and I've forgotten all the rules, if there are any)  Used one of my blender pens and a red marker to outline the original image, trying to add some dimension.

The hearts have some dimensional glase on them to make them pop up from the page!

Close up: Are you looking at me??

The woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there
except those that sang best ~ Henry Van Dyke

Monday, June 25, 2012

Life: Where heART immitates it!

As part of my year of SELF 2012 (Seeking, Exploring, Learning and Finding) I have taken on a challenge to create outside my box and learn how to design pages in my Art Journal with different techniques of mixed media.

A copy artist or doodler by nature (using pen, pencil or markers) -   painting with a brush, observing shadows and hard to see details is not something that comes naturally.  I've not been trained to paint.  But here is my journey and a few pages that I have done recently.
I see an image.  In most cases I page scroll through hundreds of photos on a Google search of mixed media art.  Something catches my eye and I try to re-create it with my quirky & whimsical touch.... here are my attempts... using gesso, paper scraps, mod podge, acrylic paint, markers, stamps and other discarded household items, like bubble wrap, mesh netting from fresh vegetables, bottoms of glass jars and other funky things!  The sentiments are pulled from random words typeset in magazines and then I try to put the puzzle pieces of words together to make some creative thought!
Most of the collage pieces stick to a color theme.  At least that way I have some handle on where the piece may end up.  I have the need to outline!  Pages are full to the edges, approximately 8-1/2W x 11" H
Random rips and tears. A splotch of paint... color here, white there, dot, dot and dash.  I think there is so much more that can be added to this one.  I don't feel quite as inspired some days as I do others.  But bottom line... it's the middle of June and I continue to try and work on this Art Journal.  Initially going outside my comfort zone because I know in the long run, if I ever were to meet a challenge... head on... I need to be able to do things I'm not used to or don't want to!
...what we see
on what we
look for.... pinterest

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sun, Sun, Sun Here we Come!

This card is dedicated to my friend who is in a 'loving Yellow" kind of mood!

I found this card on Pinterest and fell in love too!  I had to try and re-create it's cleverness.  Often, this 2"w x 3"h picture is all I see when I CASe a card.  Sometimes a papercrafter or blogger will list the recipe, products used from the type of paper to the manufacturer of the ink.  But this is where most all my ideas start. A picture or a layout.  I get giddy, my hands are a little shaky... and I try to figure out how I can create this little piece of 'sunshine'.

Most all of my cards are 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  I don't always have an exact proporation to the original layout that I see, but I make due with the materials I have on hand.  I'm noticing clouds are becoming very popular in paper crafts.  Recentlly in a big box type craft store I saw 3 different sized "cloud" punches.  I was tempted to purchase one, but figured I could be crafty and cut out my own.  I really like the 'frame' that goes around the main focal point.  And, who can't love the fact I'm using up all my 'yellow' scraps to create the rays for the sun!!!!  Add a little inking to the clouds to give them dimension and stamped the perfect sentiment!  Voila`

Brighten Someone's Day

It's not my fault
that when I was a baby
I was dropped in a box of glitter
and I've been
Shinin ever since!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just two Birthday Cards

 Hey!  Have you sent any FuN MaiL lately???? 
I have plenty of cards in stock! 
Here are two any age appropriate type of birthday cards.
Love the colors and the doodle on the top card!
Trying to do more things with my Nestability die cuts here on the bottom card. A cut out from a cut out!
Cards in stock for all occasions or custom made and personalized!
Brighten Someone's Day!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In the Garden

 Although it's not bloomin with colorful and wild flower petals, I just love what I'm calling my secret garden!  (it's secret cuz other than our two neighbors, no one can see it)

Before this stretch of hot, hot mid west summer temperatures, I walked around out back snapping some pictures of one of my favorite green places.  I still have so much to learn!
We didn't plant most of this garden, nor did we do the layout of the nice brick patio, I've tried to maintain it's beauty over the last 6 years we've lived here in Illinois.  One thing I love, is the varying height, color and sizes of the different hostas and other perinnials.

 This area is a little sad, but it is a work in progress.  This burm lost a few big trees.  The multi trunked tree in the back is a Mulberry... that loves to leave my dogs paws purple from the berry juice.  It gets stinky during the hot summer time.  I just replanted 3 of the wild lillies... so some of their leaves are brown, and they look very sad.  But they all are blooming right now, can't see it in this picture though!
I love this shot.  The wagon was given to Bubba from my father-in-law.  However, it's probably the depth of the cart portion(well more reasons than one), but I can't seem to get any shade flowers growing in there.  Often when I go out there to water, the dirt is dug up, the plants are popping out of there spot and there are a lot of holes just randomly dug, everywhere.  I think it is one of the squirrels dirt pit playgrounds.  Oh well, it still is a very cute secret garden ornament!

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Zindorf Hot Air Balloon

When I saw this card on Michelle Zindorf's site I knew I had to try the tutorial and try and recreate the card.  I'm very happy with the results. Used a lot of fun scraps for the right side and faux stitching under the brads.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Say Hello to my Little Friend

I'm very lucky that I didn't break anything. A couple of Sunday's ago I fell into a window well on the side of our house. I'm sure you're thinking what in the h*ll? And, where are the pictures!

Bubba came up from the basement after watching his sport shows and animatedly told me that our dog Cooper's second best friend was in one of the basement window wells. (I'm his first BEST friend) Trying to figure out the puzzle, I really had to think about his statement. I thought maybe he was talking about a tiny tree frog. We have found them many times before. So, with my dear son not far behind, I ventured outside to see for myself.

I looked in the first window well, nothing. Then I moved on to the next one. I saw at ground level that the metal grate covering the well was about 3 inches away from the wall. That gaping whole would be easy enough for something or any little critter to fall in. Sure enough, when I peered down... I saw *Chip scampering around in the rocks!

Our 7 year old Lab mix will sit for hours by the down spouts that are on the sides of our house off the gutters of the roof line. He will wait, and wait and wait for the *chipmunks that hide in and around the trees and bushes off the foundation of our home. One little guy must have been running along betwen the landscaping mulch and the basement brick and sky dove head first into a 4 foot wide by 5 foot deep window well. There was no way out!

I knelt in the mulch and slowly pulled the grate further to the right away from the house. In that area of landscaping is the air conditioner and heavy arbivitae bushes. The grate got stuck on a branch. I tried to jostle it free and the grate started falling into the well. It got hung up on the branch and then the area where my right hand was got hung up on the lip of the well.... and I started falling headfirst into the well, right behind the heavy metal grate.

I totally lost my balance and the next thing I knew, I hit the rocks with my left shoulder first, then my head and then the backside below my tale bone. I was still holding onto the grate when Chip jumped over my head to avoid being completely squished to death.

I layed there for a moment with my legs and feet sprawled up skyward. And then I began to assess the situation. I literally fell head first into the window well. Now what? I don't think I broke anything. I finally let go of the grate, moved my head from side to side and noticed I could easily peer into the basement window. Wow, I hadn't broken a window either... that was a good thing too!

Chip was pacing back and forth along the window sill. I'm sure he was pretty excited that he hadn't met his demise.

As I looked up to the blue sky, I was wondering where my son was. I thought he was right behind me. So, I started pounding on the window, trying to draw some attention to anyone in the house. Probably a minute later I see him peering down at me. "What are you doing?" he asks. I just yell up at him, " go get your father please!!!"

Chip and I both made it out alive. Honestly, I didn't freak out, especially about being stuck in the window well with a rodent. We have had so many little critters around the yard that I knew he was probably more afraid of me than I of him. He actually made it out all on his own. When I finally got up-right and stood up... he climbed up the screen of the window, jumped on my back and jumped to safety off the top of my head. He got the h*ll outta there when he got a clear get-a-way!

I climbed out with the help from my husband and a 6 foot ladder. I can laugh about it now. And really it was pretty funny right after it happened. I cried too! I was banged up and bruised on some of my bony spots, but I am very, very lucky that I had fallen and could get up!

Cooper now has a new spot to lay and watch for Chip. He just senses something really good happened around that window well!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Flag Day

Although not an official federal holiday, Flag Day on June 14 commemorates the adoption of the stars and stripes! 

It's also my parents 54th Wedding Anniversary.  Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!
(And happy 1 year anniversary C & C)
I got inspired by a KittieKraft card and made this bird house with two love  birds!

I made due with the punches of flowers & leaves and birds and boarders I have on hand.  Someone really could go 'nuts' buying all the new 'stuff' out there for cardmaking.  It is mind boggling! 

I challenge myself these days with trying to 'craft' things with all supplies I have on hand. No buying!  Here is a side view to see all the things that are popped up on the card. I'd rather pop up formed & shaped paper, than add brads or buttons if it causes a problem through the mail system. 
However, it is fun to make cards with multi-layers and flowers and buttons and clips and fibers... that list goes on... but then you also 'hand deliver' those type of cards!!!

Send some FuN MaiL.... Brighten Someone's Day!

I pledge alligiance to the Flag of the United States of America....

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's a Gourd Day!

Sure, give me a paint brush, some acrylic bottles of paint and an idea ☼....

I can just about paint on anything!!!  Case in point.  Last week when I was in Wisconsin my dad pulled out a box full of his 'pride & joy'... gourds that he has grown for the past few summers.  I got to see each and everyone... all shapes and sizes.  My SIL commented for my dad's 80th birthday book that I showed you in April,  " The Birdhouse gourds.  They are his babies.  He coddles and counts them all summer.  You know you are important when he gives you some seeds ".  I got more than seeds, I got 3 of those babies to paint.... and here is what I came up with.
I thought about trying to cut a hole in them and actually make them into functioning bird houses... but honestly, whomever receives them probably wouldn't put them outside.  Plus I don't know 'yet' how to create the hole.... so I just painted them.
As I've said... I'm a 'good' doodler... but when it comes to painting.... I still have me some learning to do.  Oh sure... you can tell what it is... but brushes, brushes, brushes and technique..... and I don't quite have them.  Here is a monarch flying amongst the??? snap dragons & leaves.
 A red cardinal perched among the ???cherry blossoms???
A southwest color blocking scheme... if you like that kind of thing!  :)

So, there you go dad!  I painted the three gourds for you.  Better come and get them and then, give them away as gifts!!!!

Happiness is like a butterfly;
the more you chase it, the more it will elude you,
but if you turn your attention to other things it will
come and sit softly on your shoulder~ Thoreau
(if only it were so simple)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's a Banner Day

 Flags, Banners and Pennants are popular embellishments on cards, tags and layouts.  So, to be popular too... I made a few cards that incorporate these cute dimensionals.  They are just such a delightful accent, they pop up, are colorful (at times) and actually could sway in the wind! :0)
Any reason to send out some FuN MaiL.... to Brighten Someone's Day!!

Okay, I've been in a blue funk for months, and I feel snarky, and I'm trying to realize nothing last forever, not even my troubles, learning to embrace perfection, looking to find something good in every day.... but...

I got mood poisoning, must have been something I hate! ~ Pinterest

Monday, June 11, 2012

Wilson's Tail

Father's Day is coming soon and I got a special request to make any kind of card that was in my creative mind, except it needed to include Wilson, the labradoodle.  A fishing or a golf idea came to mind instantly!

 The sentiment on the front is a play on words for the family name, and of course the dogs tail!!  I was so excited about the card that my hands were literally shaking when doodling, punching and coloring and adhering.

This card is an easel card.  When laid upon the table and opened, it can be propped up. The bobbin is a perfect easel stopper and it matches to where the fishing line come down from the doggies tail! I used a circle punch the same size in both red and white cardstock and cut the red with a slight curve to give it more depth.  Then used pop dots to raise up the stopper.  See how I could get excited, everything fit into place? 
Inside: Bobbin by wishing you a Happy Father's Day.

I incorporated a lot of different styles and techniques on this card.  Still, obviously homemade and personalized... something fresh and fun!
Don't regret the past, just learn from it! pinterest


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